Arthritis Treatments Explained

After Kate’s talk on treating Arthritis last night I thought it might be handy to have a list of some of the veterinary treatments she talked about, there are lots more, feel free to comment with any you’ve had good results from!


Meloxicam (brand names Metacam® Loxicom®, OroCAM®, Rheumocam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever in dogs and cats. It is indicated for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. Meloxicam is also used to treat pain associated with surgery.


Cartrophen Vet is another treatment for arthritis in dogs. In fact millions of dogs enjoy the benefits of this superior and tested technology with it continuing to treat millions of dogs after 20 years of use in the treatment of arthritis in dogs.

Cartrophen Vet (100mg/mL pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a prescription only, injectable, sulphated sugar of plant origin.

It has many sites of action within the underlying processes of the arthritis disease which helps maintain joint health, including preserving joint cartilage. It is therefore classified as a disease modifying osteoarthritis drug (DMOAD).


Previcox starts working against the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in your dog within hours of the first dose3. It works to control pain and inflammation at the source – by inhibiting an enzyme called COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) that helps produce substances that are primarily responsible for inflammation and pain. Previcox is given in tablet form.

LIBRELA (New to the market - difficult to get hold of as stock levels very low!)

Librela is a solution for injection to be given subcutaneously (under the skin); the recommended dose depends on the dog’s weight, and is given once a month. The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription. 

The active substance in Librela is bedinvetmab, a monoclonal antibody (a type of protein) designed to recognise and attach to a protein called nerve growth factor (NGF). Once attached, it prevents NGF from attaching to its receptors (targets) on nerve cells and interrupts the transmission of pain signals. This helps to bring relief from pain.